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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231509/a-single-injection-of-protein-loaded-coacervate-gel-significantly-improves-cardiac-function-post-infarction
#1
H K Awada, D W Long, Z Wang, M P Hwang, K Kim, Y Wang
After myocardial infarction (MI), the heart undergoes fibrotic pathological remodeling instead of repair and regeneration. With multiple pathologies developing after MI, treatment using several proteins is expected to address this range of pathologies more effectively than a single-agent therapy. A factorial design of experiments study guided us to combine three complementary factors in one injection: tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-3 (TIMP-3) was embedded in a fibrin gel for signaling in the initial phase of the treatment, while basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) and stromal cell-derived factor 1-alpha (SDF-1α) were embedded in heparin-based coacervates for sustained release and distributed within the same fibrin gel to exert their effects over a longer period...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231318/effects-of-na-channel-blockers-on-the-restitution-of-refractory-period-conduction-time-and-excitation-wavelength-in-perfused-guinea-pig-heart
#2
Oleg E Osadchii
Na+ channel blockers flecainide and quinidine can increase propensity to ventricular tachyarrhythmia, whereas lidocaine and mexiletine are recognized as safe antiarrhythmics. Clinically, ventricular fibrillation is often precipitated by transient tachycardia that reduces action potential duration, suggesting that a critical shortening of the excitation wavelength (EW) may contribute to the arrhythmic substrate. This study examined whether different INa blockers can produce contrasting effects on the rate adaptation of the EW, which would explain the difference in their safety profile...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231026/late-administration-of-a-palladium-lipoic-acid-complex-poly-mva-modifies-cardiac-mitochondria-but-not-functional-or-structural-manifestations-of-radiation-induced-heart-disease-in-a-rat-model
#3
Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, John W Seawright, Francis J Antonawich, Merrill Garnett, Maohua Cao, Preeti Singh, Marjan Boerma
Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation can cause adverse myocardial remodeling. In small animal models, local heart irradiation causes persistent alterations in cardiac mitochondrial function and swelling. POLY-MVA is a dietary supplement that contains a palladium lipoic acid complex that targets mitochondrial complex I and has been demonstrated to have greater redox potential than lipoic acid alone. POLY-MVA improves mitochondrial function and anti-oxidant enzyme activity in the aged rat heart. In this study, we tested whether POLY-MVA can mitigate cardiac effects of ionizing radiation...
February 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230913/an-unexpected-finding-in-sudep-involving-a-child-focal-myocardial-infarct-adjacent-to-bundle-of-his
#4
Jadee L Neff, Peter T Lin
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a nontraumatic, nondrowning death of an individual with epilepsy in which an autopsy with appropriate ancillary studies does not identify a cause of death. The mechanism of death in SUDEP is unknown, but is thought to involve cardiac and/or respiratory mechanisms. Research in SUDEP is hindered by a lack of consensus regarding required components of a death investigation before a cause of death may be certified as SUDEP. Histopathologic examination of the cardiac conduction system is not routinely performed in SUDEP death investigations...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230811/basigin-rs8259-polymorphism-confers-decreased-risk-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-a-chinese-population
#5
Mu-Peng Li, Xiao-Lei Hu, Yong-Long Yang, Yan-Jiao Zhang, Ji-Peng Zhou, Li-Ming Peng, Jie Tang, Xiao-Ping Chen
Left ventricular remodeling is an essential risk factor contributing to the pathogenesis of chronic heart failure (CHF). Basigin (BSG) promotes cardiovascular inflammation and myocardial remodeling processes by induction of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases and inflammatory cytokines. BSG rs8259 polymorphism was associated with BSG expression and risk of acute coronary syndrome. Therefore, we investigated whether rs8259 polymorphism contributes to risk and prognosis of CHF in Chinese patients. In total 922 adult patients with CHF and 1107 matched healthy controls were enrolled...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230637/mtor-inhibition-and-cardiovascular-diseases-cardiac-hypertrophy
#6
Ernesto Paoletti
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is highly prevalent in kidney transplant recipients, and is associated with poor clinical outcome. Immunosuppressive agents might affect LVH behavior after kidney transplantation. This review is an appraisal of available data regarding LVH in renal transplantation and especially of studies that evaluated LVH response to treatment. In particular, the role of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors adopted as immunosuppressive agents in kidney transplantation is reviewed in the light of recent studies that have shown LVH regression induced by this class of medications in kidney transplant recipients with posttransplant cardiomyopathy...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230563/implementation-of-an-early-mobility-pathway-in-neurointensive-care-unit-patients-with-external-ventricular-devices
#7
Megan Moyer, Bethany Young, Joseph Borst, William Pino, Marisa Hart, Jesse LoBreglio, Derek Zaleski, Isaira Leonor, David Kung, Michelle Smith, Eric Zager, M Sean Grady, Monisha Kumar
BACKGROUND: Patients with an external ventricular drain (EVD) may not be readily mobilized because of concerns of catheter dislodgment and/or inappropriate cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Delayed mobilization may result in longer hospital stays and an increased risk for complications related to immobility. We aimed to determine the safety, feasibility, and outcome of an EVD mobilization protocol in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). METHODS: A multidisciplinary group developed a formal algorithm for the mobilization of patients with SAH with EVDs...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230264/isolated-aneurysms-of-the-membranous-ventricular-septum-without-residual-shunts-systematic-review-and-description-of-3-cases-in-adults
#8
REVIEW
Ali Abdul Jabbar, Omar Mufti, Wojciech Mazur, Muhammad Bilal Quraishi, Bal K Srivastava, Vijay Tivakaran
A ventricular septal defect is the most common congenital cardiac abnormality encountered in infants and children. Many of them survive through adulthood before diagnosis. Two-thirds of the cases involve the membranous part of the septum. In the absence of an interventricular shunt or concomitant cardiac surgery, guidelines for surgical intervention or resection of isolated aneurysms of the membranous septum are not well established. In this report, we discuss a multi-imaging modality approach for the diagnosis and assessment of membranous ventricular septal aneurysms and review the experts' consensuses for follow-up and treatment strategies...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230200/prevalence-of-prehypertension-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#9
Jun-Ichi Oyama, Koichi Node
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February 23, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229981/postprocedural-outcomes-and-risk-factors-for-arrhythmias-following-transcatheter-closure-of-congenital-perimembranous-ventricular-septal-defect-a-single-center-retrospective-study
#10
Li-Jian Zhao, Bo Han, Jian-Jun Zhang, Ying-Chun Yi, Dian-Dong Jiang, Jian-Li Lyu
BACKGROUND: Currently, transcatheter closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defect (pmVSD) is a widely accepted therapeutic modality. However, arrhythmias, especially postprocedural heart blocks, are a concern and outcomes are not very clear. This study explored the outcomes and risk factors of arrhythmias associated with transcatheter device closure of pmVSD. METHODS: A total of 395 patients diagnosed with pmVSD who successfully underwent transcatheter intervention between January 2010 and December 2015 in our center were retrospectively reviewed...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229912/mid-diastolic-left-ventricular-volume-and-mass-normal-values-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Daniel Juneau, Fernanda Erthal, Owen Clarkin, Atif Alzahrani, Ali Alenazy, Alomgir Hossain, Joao R Inacio, Girish Dwivedi, Alexander J Dick, Frank J Rybicki, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: The adoption of prospectively ECG-triggered acquisition coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has resulted in the inability to measure left ventricle (LV) end-diastolic volume and LV ejection fraction. However other prognostic measures such as LV mass and LV mid-diastolic volume (LVMDV) can still be assessed. The objective of this study is to establish normal reference values for LVMDV and LV mass. METHODS: Left ventricular mid-diastolic volumes and LV mass were prospectively measured in 2647 consecutive 'normal' patients undergoing prospectively ECG-triggered coronary CTA...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229901/what-is-the-association-between-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-6-minute-walk-test-in-hypertensive-patients
#12
El-Sayed M Farag, Mohammad M Al-Daydamony, Marwa M Gad
Heart failure (HF) is a major health problem. Hypertension is an important cause of HF. Most hypertensive patients have some degree of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction. The 6-minute walk test (6MWT) provides objective data about the exercise tolerance. We aimed to find the association between the degree of LV diastolic dysfunction and the functional capacity assessed by 6MWT in hypertensive patients. The study included 200 asymptomatic hypertensive patients. All patients had undergone full history taking, complete clinical examination, electrocardiography, echocardiography for assessment of LV dimensions, systolic and diastolic dysfunction, and 6MWT...
January 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229822/myocardial-performance-index-in-active-and-inactive-paediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#13
Anant Khositseth, Wasana Prangwatanagul, Kanchana Tangnararatchakit, Soamarat Vilaiyuk, Nantawan Su-Angka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiac structure and function in paediatric SLE patients without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease in active and inactive diseases. METHODS: Patients aged ≤20 years who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of active SLE underwent transthoracic echocardiography to evaluate cardiac structure and function, and were then followed up echocardiographically every 3-4 months until SLE disease was inactive. Patients with heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis, coronary artery disease, or abnormal structural heart disease were excluded...
February 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229638/intranasal-insulin-treatment-improves-memory-and-learning-in-a-rat-amyloid-beta-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#14
S Farzampour, A Majdi, S Sadigh-Eteghad
Recently, insulin has been used as a pro-cognitive agent for the potential treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD), because of its ability to cross the brain-blood barrier (BBB) by a saturable transport system. This study has been designed to evaluate the effects of intranasal insulin regimen, as a bypass system of BBB, on spatial memory in amyloid-beta (Aβ) model of AD in rat. Unilateral infusion of Aβ25-35 (10 nmol/2 µl/rat) into the lateral ventricular region of brain was used to produce a rat model of AD...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229626/the-role-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-homocysteine-induced-cardiodynamic-effects-and-oxidative-stress-markers-in-the-isolated-rat-heart
#15
M Stojanovic, V Zivkovic, I Srejovic, V Jakovljevic, N Jeremic, D Djuric
This study aimed to assess the role of H2S in homocysteine-induced cardiodynamic effects in the isolated rat heart. The hearts were retrogradely perfused according to the Langendorff technique. The maximum and minimum rates of pressure in the left ventricle (dp/dt max, dp/dt min), systolic and diastolic left ventricular pressures (SLVP, DLVP), heart rate (HR), and coronary flow (CF) were measured. A spectrophotometrical method was used to measure the following oxidative stress markers: index of lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, TBARS), nitrite level (NO2(-)), superoxide anion radicals (O2(•-)), and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) concentrations...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229480/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-function-in-preterm-infants-with-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
#16
Renata Bokiniec, Paweł Własienko, Maria Borszewska-Kornacka, Joanna Szymkiewicz-Dangel
AIM: To evaluate right ventricular function in preterm infants with and without bronchopulmonary dysplasia. METHODS: Eighty-nine preterm infants (<32 weeks) were divided into three groups: (1) no-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=32); (2) mild-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=35); (3) severe-bronchopulmonary dysplasia (n=15). Right ventricular echocardiographic parameters included the following: (1) pulsed-wave Doppler through the tricuspid valve (E/A ratio), pulmonary artery acceleration time, right ventricular ejection time, right ventricular velocity-time integral; (2) tissue Doppler measurements of myocardial velocities and atrioventricular conduction times; (3) pulsed-wave Doppler and tissue Doppler evaluation of myocardial performance index and E/E' ratio; and (4) M-mode detection of right ventricular end-diastolic wall diameter...
February 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229406/manipulating-the-proliferative-potential-of-cardiomyocytes-by-gene-transfer
#17
Giulia Prosdocimo, Mauro Giacca
In contrast to prenatal life, cardiomyocyte proliferation in mammals is rapidly blunted after birth; as a consequence, clinically significant cardiac regeneration does not occur in adulthood. Thus, the modulation of cardiomyocyte proliferation by gene transfer offers an invaluable opportunity to both understand the mechanisms regulating renewal of these cells in the fetus and identify novel strategies for myocardial repair.In this Chapter, we report an exhaustive protocol to isolate, culture, and manipulate the properties of neonatal ventricular rat cardiomyocytes by small RNA transfection or transduction with viral vectors based on the adeno-associated virus, which exhibit exquisite tropism for these cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229312/routine-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-does-not-detect-inflammation-in-the-left-atrium-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#18
Philipp S Lange, Nemanja Avramovic, Gerrit Frommeyer, Kristina Wasmer, Christian Pott, Lars Eckardt, Christian Wenning
Increasing evidence supports a role of inflammation in the development of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, direct evidence of persistent inflammatory activity in the atria of AF patients is scarce. In this study, we used 18-Fluor-Deoxyglucose positron emission tomography computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) to determine atrial inflammation in patients with and without AF. Retrospectively, (18)F-FDG PET/CT scans were analyzed. 37 patients with a history of AF were compared to an age and sex matched control group with no history of AF...
February 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229272/prophylactic-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-heart-failure-the-growing-evidence-for-all-or-primum-non-nocere-for-some
#19
REVIEW
Khang-Li Looi, Nigel Lever, Anthony Tang, Sharad Agarwal
Heart failure (HF) is a common health problem and has reached epidemic in many western countries. Despite the current era of HF treatment, the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in HF remains significant. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) support has been shown to reduce the risk of SCD in patients with HF and impaired left ventricular function. Prophylactic ICD implantation in HF patients seems a logical step to reduce mortality through a reduction in SCD. However, ICD implantation is an invasive procedure, and both short- and long-term complications can occur...
February 23, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229241/acquired-prolongation-of-qt-interval-as-a-risk-factor-for-torsade-de-pointes-ventricular-tachycardia-a-narrative-review-for-the-anesthesiologist-and-intensivist
#20
REVIEW
Arsen Uvelin, Jasmina Pejaković, Vesna Mijatović
More than 70% of intensive care unit (ICU) patients experience heart rhythm disturbances, and these patients have correspondingly higher mortality rates. Consequently, one of the standards of care in ICUs is continuous electrocardiography monitoring. One of the potentially preventable dysrhythmic events is the occurrence of torsade de pointes ventricular tachycardia in the setting of acquired prolonged QT interval. This type of ventricular tachycardia can be malignant because it often progresses to ventricular fibrillation...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
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